South African typhoid outbreak protest dispersed with rubber bullets
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Rubber bullets were used in an effort to disperse the crowd which was calling for the town's council to resign over the failure to provide adequate and safe services. Authorities report that 4 people are have died from typhoid and over 526 have been stricken since August 22. However, a report by the Treatment Action Campaign (Tac) states that 49 have died. A local undertaker was quoted as saying that burials have increased since the outbreak and that he buried 14 people on the weekend of 17 September alone.
An outbreak of the current magnitude suggests waterborne spread , although health authorities deny finding Salmonella typhi (the causative agent of typhoid fever) in the town's drinking water. Sanitation services in Delmas, only 70 km from Johannesburg, are primitive. In many areas human waste is transported in open buckets and it is believed this may have contaminated the water supply.
- "Govt denies Tac claims of 49 typhoid deaths" — , September 19, 2005
- "26 more typhoid cases reported in Delmas" — , September 21, 2005
- Peter Biles. "SA police fire at typhoid protest" — , September 21, 2005
- "Tempers flare in South Africa over typhoid" — , September 22, 2005
- Alistair Thomson & Spokes Mashiyane. "Political tempers flare in S.African typhoid town" — , September 21, 2005
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